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Future lawyers celebrate Fort Worth’s first ‘Aggie Ring Day’

For the first time in Aggie Ring Day history, 65 Fort Worth law students participated in the 125-year-old tradition at the Texas A&M University School of Law downtown.

Aggie Ring Day is celebrated in April, September and November each year, and thousands of students typically flock to the Alumni Center in College Station to receive their Aggie rings, which are the among the most visible symbols of the Aggie network.

While more than 4,000 celebrated the largest-ever Aggie Ring Day in College Station on Friday, a crowd of about 160 gathered inside the Amon G. Carter Lecture Hall in Fort Worth to watch their loved ones get their rings.

Robin English left law school 15 years ago to pursue a country music career in Nashville. But the Arlington native decided it was time to leave country, even after making Billboard’s Top Country Singles Sales chart for her song Girl in Love.

Her 5-year-old son, Sebastian, seemed to think she made the right move, shouting “Congratulations!” while she received her ring Friday.

Her parents, Roy and Gayle English, stood by her side.

“It’s a great honor,” Robin English said. “I just told my son, ‘When you shake hands with someone you look in their eyes’ … and that’s what A&M is about, that humility and integrity.”

English referred to herself as an “accidental Aggie,” but says she is grateful to be a part of the first law school class to get their rings.

A total of 80 were awarded.

When English came back to Texas, the school was still the Wesleyan School of Law, which the A&M System acquired in August for $73.2 million.

“I have a lot of Aggies in my family,” she said. “Now I can sit next to them at the dinner table and show off my ring.”

Michael Yanda will get to boast his second Aggie ring when he graduates in May 2016. The 2010 Texas A&M alumnus spoke before the crowd.

“I was more excited for the ring than the diploma,” Yanda told the Star-Telegram.

Interim Dean Aric Short told the crowd they would soon be able to help their clients chase their dreams, “assuming you pass your law school exams,” he joked.

Undergraduates must at least complete 90 hours and maintain a 2.0 grade-point average to receive a ring.

Once all the students received their rings, Short gave them “top secret” instructions to place the rings on their right hands with the shields facing inward.

They will turn their rings outward upon graduation to show they are ready to “face the world.”

Ramiro Guerrero and Sabita Maharaj took a gushing photo of themselves after the ceremony.

“It’s a symbol that we are being inducted to the Aggie family; it’s a crowning moment,” Guerrero said.

The two will graduate in May.